David Pennington | Webster University

David Pennington, PhD


Assistant Professor of History, Politics, & International Relations
H. Sam Priest Center 206
(314) 246-7872





PhD, Washington University, 2007
MA, Washington University, 2003
BS, Truman State University, 2000

Areas of Interest

British History
Early Modern Europe
Women and Gender History
Empires in Early Modern World History


David Pennington, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of History. His research focuses on how early modern England responded and adapted to economic change. He has published articles in Parliamentary History, Sixteenth Century Journal, and The Seventeenth Century. His first book, Going to Market: Women, Trade, and Social Relations in Early Modern English Towns (forthcoming from Ashgate), explores how market women exploited new economic opportunities and negotiated the gendered and social tensions which accompanied England’s transition toward a commercial society. His next project will investigate the role political conflicts in Elizabethan and early Stuart parliaments played in reshaping England’s political economy. Dr. Pennington enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses on early modern Europe, women’s and gender history, British history, and historical methodology. Selected to participate in a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Empires and Interactions in the Early Modern World, Dr. Pennington is currently developing new courses on world and global history.